Why is music no longer recorded the way it used to be? [translation]
When the old fans complain about songs that have been nominated for a Grammy this year, there's a reason. It's time for the annual Grammy awards, and as always, Sunday's…

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"As if he doesn't do anything": about the Billy Ailish phenomenon
Why should serious adult music fans respect an eighteen-year-old American pop star? Sort out. Not a day goes by without news of Billy Irish. Yes, it is Ailish: "who-what" -…

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Alexei Syumak: "Beautifully drawn musical scores and sound beautiful!»
Composers are rapidly getting younger. And use unusual tools, strokes and harmonies. I was personally convinced of this by the review of young talents at the Winter International Art Festival…

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Freaking out in earnest: interview with Carlos Beneto Grau of the Spanish Brass quintet

“Rock band from the wind” or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass wind quintet from Barcelona performed at the international music festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosos first appeared in Russia, and they simply charmed the Yaroslavl audience.

Mixing styles is traditional for this festival, whose art Director, Yuri Bashmet, is a big fan of jazz, fusion and any interesting crossover. And just wind compositions are usually responsible for the crossover, since they often play both” normal ” classics, and works of modern composers, and jazz.Spanish Brass is also like that. Their program includes everything from Stravinsky’s arrangements to the iconic hard BOP tune “Sidewinder” by Lee Morgan. Continue reading

Camera obscura: four new albums with classics
Let's talk about the chamber genre. A trio, a Quartet, a quintet-that's it. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty to this field: the canonical Shostakovich quintet, Eugene…

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Icons, hermits, geniuses: the best jazz releases of winter 2020
As they say, spring has come into its own. And if we continue with cliches, the incredibly warm winter has melted the hearts, souls, and minds of jazz musicians... and…

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Conditional Bach: four new albums of academic music
Little-known composers, significant composers and  play Bach "as it should be", according to the notes. This is the catch of June. It is gratifying when musicians fearlessly change their roles.…

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Classics from contemporaries: five new albums of academic music
Hits of concert halls and premiere recordings of little-known composers. Young virtuosos are nuggets and collectives with a century-old history. Baroque, reminiscent of minimalism. So, we continue our review of…

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